Boro' lose on the road
Gosport fall to another torrid 5-0 defeat, this time at the hands of Banbury United.
It was a cold and wet encounter at the Banbury Plant Hire Community stadium with Gosport in high spirits before kick-off.
The opening five minutes looked promising for The Boro’ with Joseph Lea crossing the ball into Craig McAlister but his header was saved. From there on, Patrick O’Flaherty in the visitor's goal had a tough job on hands.
After ten minutes of play it was clear to see Banbury’s Ricky Johnson was going to be a big threat with some great movement in and around Boro’s box. Tom Winters was producing some blistering runs down the left hand side making Zak Sharp play the chasing game from the start.
The Puritans controlled majority of the first half but the game felt rather stale with no real spark coming from either side. The most exciting moment for Gosport came when debutant Simieon Howell ripped his own shoe in half.
The biggest talking point of the opening half was just before the break when Tom Bradbury crossed the ball into Ricky Johnson who headed the ball into Boro’s net. However, the referee blew her whistle for an initial foul resulting in the goal being disallowed for a penalty. Naturally this sparked anger amongst The Puritans camp but Elliot Sandy stepped up and gave Banbury the lead.
The second half began with the second goal coming within a minute when Tom Winters floated a cross over Gosport’s defence and Ricky Johnson headed home.
On the 55th minute The Puritans made it three - Darren Pond putting Johnson through on goal for this second goal of the game as Gosport then let the game get away from them.
Banbury scored two more and put the game well out of reach for Boro'. The first coming from a low cross into the box leaving Jack Self to slide the ball over the line. The final of the five and making a fine hat-rick came from Johnson who had acres of space in the area to finish the rout.